Anyone interested in the RAF and especially the work of Bomber Command will be fascinated to watch Tony Iveson speak, from his own person experiences, on the subject of the Bomber offensive. Starting with how Bomber Command was, for so long, the only way Britain could hit back at the enemy, he goes on to discuss the crews themselves and the planes they flew in.
Iveson learnt to fly before the outbreak of the Second World War. Flying the famous Spitfire throughout the Battle of Britain he survived a ditching in the sea after he ran out of fuel chasing a Junkers JU88.
After a spell as an instructor at the training school in Rhodesia he converted to bombers, flying that other great plane of the war the Avro Lancaster.
Joining 617 Squadron “the Dam Busters”, as a flight Lieutenant, he took part in some 27 missions, including the sinking of the German pocket battleship the Tirpitz, and in the process winning the Distinguished Flying Cross.
After the war Tony became the Chairman of the Bomber Command Association and at the age of 89, the oldest man to fly a Lancaster Bomber.
This was recorded at Northallerton Wartime Weekend where Tony Iveson gave two talks covering the Bomber Offensive and the Tirpitz Raid.
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